Is this normal? Frustrated with my furmonster.

posted 3 years ago in Pets
  • poll: Do you approach your dog when s/he has raw meat bones?
    No, I leave the dog alone : (9 votes)
    15 %
    Yes, and the dog growls : (12 votes)
    20 %
    Yes, and I can easily take the bone away with no issue : (38 votes)
    64 %
  • Post # 3
    9204 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: May 2018

    It is totally normal with bones, my youngest will do that too, it just takes time if you just sit near them for a while, they get used to your presence while they have their bone, and eventually will let you pat them. But if it keeps happening I would throw the bone away, especially if he snaps at you.

    Post # 4
    5460 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: August 2012

    We have never given raw meat or bones to our dogs, but starting when they were puppies I would play in their food bowls while they were eating and pet them/pull on their ears/put my hands near their mouths/etc.  I can take their food away with no issues.

    It might be different if it’s a raw meat bone though, I dunno…

    Post # 5
    1465 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: January 2015

    I had a cocker spaniel growing up that was severely food aggressive. She would growl and snap if you tried to touch her food, and it was worse with bones and big treats like rawhide. We fixed it by basically never giving her one.

    Post # 6
    3635 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: May 2012

    I would take it away – no one growls at me in my house.  If you can’t have a beef bone without acting a fool, you don’t get a beef bone, end of story.  Then if you growl over your food we go back to you getting one piece at a time out of my hand until you get it through your skull that I control the food.  I still call my dog away from her bowl of food in the middle once in a while, just to screw with her, I mean reinforce that she eats what and when I say so.  🙂

    Our dog started out her life as an assistance dog in training and they allow absolutely zero animal products in toys/bones for that reason, it’s too easy to foster food aggression.  Now we do give her the bleached bones filled with peanut butter, but that’s it – those were even a no-no before (she loves them, but will hand it over willingly). 

    Post # 7
    7188 posts
    Busy Beekeeper
    • Wedding: February 2013

    We have put our hands in our labs food bowl and pet her while she’s eating since she was a puppy. We always make her bring us her rawhide bones while she’s eating them, and she has no problem doing this. Recently she has become a little more guarded with her food and will forget herself and will make a grunting sound. We’re working on it with her. Food aggression is NOT acceptable.


    Post # 8
    1689 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: May 2014

    Our pup likes to chew so we bought her a few baked beef bones.  The first time she growled at me, it surprised the crap out of me.

    Without thinking I grabbed the bone from her, and picked her up by the scruff of her neck (all 4 feet of the ground) and told her “NO!”  She got the bone back at bedtime that night,

    She’s never growled at me since, but she will growl at other people if she thinks they come too close to her bone.  I did a lot of research on how to fix it but almost every dog trainer says something different.  I’d defer to your instincts.

    Post # 9
    4134 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: August 2013

    No, we nipped that behavior in the bud early. We did hand feeding. 

    Post # 10
    3828 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: November 1999

    Um my 2 year old dog had a time out this morning I was so frustrated with him. He counter surfs and is an attention seeker. He definitely knew he was in trouble. Puppies are just frustrating. I swear, after the crap our pup has put us through, I dont want a puppy again. I’ll adopt and older dog next time!

    Post # 13
    15011 posts
    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: June 2011

    You should talk to your trainer, food aggression is as bad as any other aggression. Our older pup, even being a small dog, had some of those tendencies and it freaked me out. It took me months working with her, but now I can take treats right out of her mouth, mess with her food, or command her away from food with no issues. A dog should never raise its mohawk to its owner, for any reason.

    Post # 14
    4367 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: November 1999

    If I give my dog meat bones she goes outside in the yard where no one is around.  This weekend when returning from a trip, I gave her the bone from a porterhouse; outside she went without people or the other two dogs in the house.


    They’re pets, but animals too.  I never give my dog something like that and then start fucking with her.  Now, she has not growled at me, but I don’t demand submission every time I give her something.


    So I vote no meat bones, or give the dog some space if you decide to treat her.


    Post # 15
    2115 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: October 2013

    It’s called resource guarding, and it’s very common. It’s nothing to freak out about, but it’s definitely something to work on.

    I would talk w/ your trainer about it.

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